Beginning with a discussion of the differences between religion and spirituality and an examination and definition of spirituality the book continues to discuss the benefits of spirituality as they relate to substance abuse recovery, physical health, and mental health and well-being. Traits associated with being spiritual are identified while a coverage of common test measures for spirituality is broached. An address of current research on spirituality and the results of that research as well as a coverage of trends that affect spirituality. State of spirituality, religion, and spiritual education for professionals is reported as they relate to the present-day society in the United States. The book is rapped up by a presentation of the Spiritual Manifesto- a presentation of principles of living and spirituality as developed over 50+ years of life by the author in his quest to live a productive and spiritual life. In closing is a look at what has been learned from the exercise of writing the book and the posing of questions concerning the direction of the future for the state of spirituality and society in general.
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Michael A. Gray, US Air Force veteran, EdD in Counseling Psychology and a professional who has worked with youths, adolescents, and adults of all ages in the lifespan of development in the field of psychology and mental health as a mental health professional and doctor of counseling psychology. Experience in dealing with mental health issues and their interactions with spirituality issues and concepts for the remediation of distress has lead to a career working with U.S. military veterans followed by employment in a community mental health position that continues provision of service to others. Over 17 years of collegiate education followed by over 20 years of service to those in need of mental health support. Self-directed by the ideals of Judeo-Christian values with an emphasis on those principles for healing and remediation of illness along with present-day practices of psychology and counseling. A lifelong learner who has stove to provide quality care to those in need while remaining consistent with small town values and ideals. Believes that the world should be a better place for one having lived.
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